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Happy Cranky Co-Workers Day!

Grumpy Cat
On October 27th, make sure to have a Snickers bar and a double shot of espresso drink in hand. It’s Cranky Co-Workers Day!

Present these gifts to the office grouch to honor their contributions to the workplace. These contributions include: deliberately creating awkward silences to promote productivity, providing comfort to distraught co-workers by upstaging your troubles with tale of their terrible commute, and building personal character by obsessively terrifying everyone in the office.

So, cheers to the cranky co-worker!

Complain and whine your heart out today, because tomorrow we go back to cowering under our desk until you get your first cup of coffee.

Note: Cranky Co-workers Day Day is copyrighted by  Wellcat.

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Managing the Paper Tiger of Elementary School

Amy Knapp 2015 Family Organizer

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By Amy Knapp

The elementary school years produce more paper clutter, disguised as priceless pieces of art, than any other level. As we begin a new year, purchase a low profile, under the bed plastic storage box. As papers come in, sort into three categories; art, action, and information.

Art:
Whether it be your refrigerator, chalk board, or picture frame, designate an area for display. Sometimes you will be gifted with multiple pieces of art a week! Have your student help pick the most special and then store away the other in the box under the bed. As new art goes on display, the old art goes into the box.

Action:
Keep a folder or file for items that are going to require action. Keep it somewhere that it will be seen, both as a reminder and for quick reference. If you can put everything immediately into your calendar, including reminders and to-do’s that will be required. Once the event or action is complete you can either discard or move to information – you may need it for reference.

Information:
Nowadays you can look almost anything up online regarding your school and its schedule. For those papers you want to keep but won’t need immediate access to, create a file or folder that can be kept away. Each time you get a report card go through and purge old papers!
At the end of the school year have a big clean out. Go through the artwork, let your student keep five of their favorites; mail or send pictures of the rest to grandparents, aunts, and friends.

Creative ways to use old school art:
• Use pictures folded up as Christmas cards.
• Create a photo collage of drawings and paintings.
• Laminate and use as placemats on your table.
• Create an artwork wall in your student’s room.
• Use as wrapping paper for Birthday’s and Holidays.

About the Author:
Amy Knapp KitchenBorn in Washington, Michigan, Amy relocated to Chelsea, Michigan when she was young. She attended Western Michigan  University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated from Western (’87) with a B. S. in Social Work.

In 1991, Amy joined forces with two other very talented women; together they formed Concept to Promotion, a specialty  advertising company. Within 5 years, sales had exceeded a million dollars a year and Knapp was doing national and international  promotions for large corporations headquartered in Michigan.

Six months after starting this business, Amy married her husband Dave. Now, they have two wonderful children. Complications with her daughter’s health led to her selling out of the business and staying home with the children.

Being a self-starter, Amy was disappointed with her lack of productivity and she couldn’t seem to get it going at home. Amy created what was soon to become Amy Knapp’s Family Organizer to keep track of appointments, errands, and schedules.

Amy is still a stay-at-home mom; also a soccer mom as her son begins his sports activities. For more information on Amy Knapp, make sure to check out her website at www.familyorganizer.com.

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First Place! #yourbestday

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Calendars.com Team Member Raina tells the story of her best day. Sounds like someone was on her way to stardom!

“When I was 12, my life revolved around music. It still does to some extent, but at 12 years old, I had my sights set on singing and playing piano every spare moment I had. My music teacher at that time encouraged me to enter my first ever public talent show. This was not just a school performance or recital; this was singing for people who would be watching of their own free will! The idea alone was both thrilling and terrifying.

My mom took me on a school night to perform at the Montgomery County Fair Talent Show. Disney’s The Little Mermaid had come out the year before, and the song “Part of your World” was one of my favorites. That was my pick, and even though I knew the song backwards and forwards, I was incredibly nervous.

I can’t even remember what number I was in the list of 20+ performers, but I remember it was kind of early in the show. My name was called; I walked up to the stage. My teacher was there to play the piano for my song, which was comforting. I honestly don’t even remember my performance, just that I was happy with it. I do remember looking into the audience at all the people. I finished, they clapped, and I rejoined my mom in the audience. She told me I was fantastic, and she was beaming!

We sat in the audience and watched as, one by one, performers came and went. I was completely surprised how many people were competing and by the variety and skill of the talents I saw. Of course there were other singers, but there was also a fiddle player, clog dancers, comedians, jugglers, guitarists, and other talents I’m sure I’ve forgotten. Most of the performers were adults who I thought were far more talented than me. I was ok with that, though. I didn’t really sign up for the competition; I signed up for the experience.

There are a lot of details I forget about that night, but I do remember that I was hungry. It was nearing 9 o’clock at night, and I had not had dinner. My mom gave me money to go grab a hot dog at a stand nearby. She ushered me to hurry up, as it seemed the show was drawing to a close. It was almost like she jinxed me, because I was still buying my hot dog when they began to announce 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place.

I could see the stage. My heart started pounding. I guess hunger outweighs patience when you’re 12, because I remember not stopping with my order despite my attention being fixed on the stage. Third place was announced as I was putting the ketchup on my hotdog. It wasn’t me. I was disappointed because I thought third place would be my best chance at a trophy, but a tiny part of me thought I might still have a chance at second place. I actually waited to take a bite of that hot dog despite the smell being right under my nose and my stomach growling. I was just hoping, waiting with anticipation, frozen in place at the back of the audience for the second place announcement, dinner in hand.

Someone else’s name was called. My heart sank. With my frozen state of anticipation broken, I rushed though the audience to rejoin my mom, and you’d better believe I shoved a good part of that hot dog in my mouth when I sat down. I might as well eat; first place was just not going to happen.

First place. I was barely paying attention and not even looking at the stage when they called my name. I was stunned, frozen in place again, and my mouth was full! I think my mom actually had to tell me to go up to the stage. I was still dazed as I gulped down the food in my mouth and took my place on the stage and received my trophy. First Place. I won first place!

I think the smile stuck on my face for weeks; I’m even smiling now thinking about it! It was truly one of my very best days.”

-Raina, Calendars.com, 2 years

 

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Make it count! #yourbestday

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“My best day was one I don’t even remember. It was March 10, 1972. I was a little early, but then again, I’m always early. On this particular day I was 11 weeks early.

I was a mere 2.5 pounds in a time when survival was slim to none. I was rushed from Conroe, TX to the children’s hospital in Houston. When my father saw me for the first time I was screaming at the top of my little lungs. He said to the nurse “She’s going to be just fine.” As it turns out, he was right.

I never take anyone or anything for granted. I work hard, play hard, love deeply and enjoy life. I intend to make it count!”

-Jessica M, Calendars.com, 16 years

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Finding #yourbestday, every day.

This month at Calendars.com we’ve committed to find inspiration every day. How do you find inspiration in your daily life? Calendars.com Team Member, Sarah, shares a story about her best day below.

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“If I gave the obvious answer I’d say January 25, 2000 and September 8, 2002. Those are the birthdays of my two sons. But, I like to be different so I’ll tell you about my most meaningful day.

The night before this I had received news that a very dear friend of mine had passed away. I was devastated and chose to spend the next day with my grief. As I sat on my back porch in solitude I watched nature go by. I was overwhelmed with sadness over the loss of my friend and unable to contemplate a world in which he didn’t exist. Nothing in life ever fully prepares you to deal with grief and there is nothing you can do but let it happen.

I sat there alone with my grief and so very, very sad. As I wept into my hands I was sure that nothing would ever make this better. Surely nothing could eclipse this awful sadness. Then, I looked up and resting on the railing of my porch were two perfect, blue, dragonflies. I kept perfectly still and watched them for a minute. They were spectacular. They had the most breathtakingly beautiful, perfect, wings. Not a flaw that I could find. Their wings rose and fell with the breeze and it seemed like this moment was made for them.

Suddenly they rose to fly away and I had the opportunity to look around. Everything, as far as I could see, was filled with dragonflies. Hundreds, if not thousands, of dragonflies were flying around my yard, through the creek behind my home, and all around the porch where I was sitting. I was in awe.

Surrounded by my grief one minute and then by breathtaking beauty the next. The dragonfly has always been my thing, it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to my face. So, I sat there on my back porch that day and smiled and then laughed. I stood up and spread my arms and felt them all around me and laughed some more. I thought of my friend, and our friendship, and laughed again.

They eventually left. My grief was still there but it felt a tad more manageable. I had found a bit of joy and in that I realized what would eclipse the sadness. There were many many times over the next few weeks and months that I thought of my friend and would lose my breath because I missed him so much. When I think of him now I still feel sad. I miss him all the time, that never goes away.

But, the beauty that was shown to me that day has always managed to shine through. I will never forget the joy I felt surrounded by those dragonflies. Even today as I type this and miss my friend so much – I still smile and feel the whisper of the dragonfly wings on my cheeks.”

-Sarah F, Calendars.com, 8 years

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July 2 – I Forgot Day

July 2, I Forgot Day

July 2, I Forgot Day

Today is another one of those holidays that you’ll probably forget. That’s right, an entire holiday dedicated to remembering what we’ve forgotten and remembering what not to forget in the future.

In honor of this day here’s some things we’ve forgotten:

I once forgot that I was wearing my contact lenses while washing my face. I went in the bathroom to remove them and got distracted in between eyes. I started brushing my teeth, then washed my face. I slipped my glasses on and then looked up in the mirror and everything was blurry. I took my glasses off and cleaned them off thinking that there was a smudge I missed. My vision was the same whether or not my glasses were on or off. I then tried splashing water in my eyes thinking I must have something stuck in my eye. After my third round of water and eye drops, a feeling of panic started to grow, I was going to have to go into the doctor and hope nothing was seriously wrong with my eyes. How would I be able to read, watch TV, or play video games? What if I had to wear an eye patch?

Thankfully before the tears started I realized that I was still wearing one contact lens. ” -Sarah

I used to fly back and forth from Little Rock Ark to Dallas Tx to visit my dad.  One weekend my mom got me ready, packed my bag, drove me an hour to the airport, put me on a plane by myself and sent me to Dallas like she has many times before.  I’m like 7 years old.  I get to Dallas and no one is there to pick me up. I am sitting behind the counter at Southwest airlines for like an hour before they call my mom and she realized that she had forgotten that my dad’s weekend was the following weekend.  She sent me on the wrong weekend and no one was waiting for me. Luckily my aunt lived not far from the airport and I got to spend the weekend with her. ” -Misty

When I was a kid I went to the movies with my cousins.  There were 8 of us kids.  We got half way home when we realized we were one kid short.  Sooooo…. We circled back to get him.  He was playing video games in the lobby. He never knew we left!” – Jessica M.

When I was about 5 years old, my mom took us to Sears in Hancock Center to buy school clothes for my big sisters.  I used to love to hide under the racks of clothing while they shopped.  Apparently, I hid a little too well.  After checking out, my mom moved on to the next store, Kinney’s Shoes to buy shoes for my sisters. I finally came out of my hiding place to discover I couldn’t find my sisters or my mom.  A nice lady at the store found me wandering around and took me to the central checkout station.  She began to page my mom over the intercom.  Since my mom was in an entirely different store, she didn’t hear the pages.  It took her a few minutes (to me it felt like hours) to realize she was missing one of her little chickadees. Retracing her steps, she made her way back to Sears.  As she came racing in the door, she saw me, sitting quite contentedly with several sweet store clerks keeping me entertained.” -Christi

With her book, Marilu Henner, friend of Calendars.com, renowned health advocate, actress, performer, and memory expert, helps you develop the ability to remember more of your past, recall it more clearly, and most of all, understand your memories as a blueprint for the extraordinary life you were meant to have!

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Show Us Your Team Spirit or Wet Pets

Team Spirit BlogGet into the game! Dress in your favorite team’s colors or gear, snap a pic and share it with us for a chance to win! It’s time for the hours you’ve spent in the bleachers or as an armchair quarterback to pay off. If your photo comes out on top of the Leaderboard when the clock hits zero on January 31, you will win an amazing prize pack worth $100!

Wet Pet Blog

Nothing is funnier than a wet pet. Whether they’re in the bathtub, frolicking on the beach, or slipping into the pool, soaked animals make us smile. So, send in those drenched doggies, glistening guinea pigs, and clammy cats for a chance to win big! The wet pet with the most votes on January 31st will be the cover dog of our Wet Pet Calendar and get a fabulous prize pack from Calendars.com worth $75! The top 18 will be featured in the 18-Month WET PET Calendar from Calendars.com!

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Halloween Contest

Stay tuned for a fun Halloween contest!

Here’s a hint: have your pumpkins ready!Stampa

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Top Pet Contests

Calendars.com is running a Top Dog and Top Cat Calendar contest! Submit your pictures for a chance to be featured in a Calendars.com exclusive calendar, receive a $500 donation to the Animal Welfare Organization of your choice, and get a fun prize pack for you and your furry friend. Check out the details and links below to get started today!

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The Perfect Command Center

With summer winding down and the school year ramping up, this perfect time to reorganize anything that didn’t work for you last year. One of the easiest ways to keep your house organized is to have a functional command center that meets the needs of your family.

The first step is to figure out where your problem areas are. For my house, it happened to be the kitchen island. My husband and I would walk in through the garage and just drop everything there until it became useless as actual counter space in the kitchen. Find where you family currently dumps everything because that will make it easier to retrain and replace the bad habit. Luckily, we had some nice wall space just past the island that was begging to be used!

Once you know where you want your command center, the next step is to identify the needs of your family. Since we don’t have any children yet, our needs were pretty basic. We needed a place to put the mail, Groupons, coupons, a whiteboard for notes and honey-do lists, a place for pens and markers, and of course, a calendar. We also needed a place to keep our keys and sunglasses, but I put that closer to the door instead of with the command center itself. Some other things you might consider for your command center would be a place for kids to hang their backpacks, an in/out wall file for homework and paperwork from the school, chore charts, a shopping list (we have an awesome magnetic shopping list hanging on our fridge), or a cork board.

Now that you have your needs addressed and your space assigned, it is time to find products to create your perfect command center. You can go with an all-in-one system that allows you to simply snap what you need onto a preformed back, or you can do a hodge-podge approach. Martha Stewart has a great system if you want everything to be identical, but I wanted something that matched the look of my kitchen and dining area a little more.

I measured off my space, and because I am a bit OCD, created a template in Photoshop to show the available space. Another way to do this would be to map it out on graph paper, This will allow you to play with what elements will fit where before you start hanging anything. My first priority was finding a calendar that I loved. We don’t necessarily want our calendar to feature any particular artwork, so I opted for a monthly desk pad style instead. Before I created the command center, we had a monthly magnetic calendar on our fridge, so I knew we already liked the format. I found the Kathy Davis Desk Pad that matched my color scheme and planned the other elements around the size of my calendar. A close second was the Bold Blossoms Monthly/Weekly Wall Calendar, but we didn’t need that much space for just the two of us. Knowing how much space I had left to work with. I found some galvanized steel containers that I then spray-painted a metallic bronze to match my fixtures. I also found a cheap 12×12 whiteboard and bought a simple unfinished wooden frame. I used the same metallic bronze spray-paint and it worked wonderfully.

The last step is something to claim it as your own. I opted for a wooden sign that had our name and the year we were married, but I have also seen some cute command centers with a simple initial that matched. Whatever your style is, this identifier will round out the command center and make you smile every time you look at it.

Command Center 1

Command Center 2

Do you have some great command center ideas that I missed? Please share below!

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